When you hear about a patient being misdiagnosed, it's often because their radiologist incorrectly read their X-rays, or their specialist didn't order the right tests. The truth of the matter is that of all doctors, emergency room doctors are most apt to erroneously diagnose a patient.
Just the thought of wrong-site surgery probably makes you cringe. You quickly think of the dramatic examples: amputating the wrong limb, operating on the wrong eye, removing a healthy lung. These are serious, devastating issues that can leave patients with permanent disabilities.
Medication errors can be made by drug manufacturers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists or anyone else who is responsible for producing, prescribing, distributing or administering drugs. A medication error can result in an adverse patient reaction. They're virtually always a preventable event.
When you visit a doctor or hospital with a medical condition, you never want to think twice about the potential of a misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, mistakes can and will continue to happen.